#IBENJI makes his #OTHERCIDERECORDS debut with the #BLASTOFFEP as he brings a set of diverse halftime selections to the label. Hailing from Moscow, #IBENJI’s history spans nearly 10 years of two step influence, marked first by dubstep releases on labels such as #RottunRecordings and #Section8 and followed by more recent halftime works on labels such as #UplinkAudio & #LA90Music. Throughout this diverse history of releases #IBENJI’s sound has been marked by a unique hip hop influence, a trend continued on the #BLASTOFFEP across its four powerful tracks.
The titular #BLASTOFF opens the EP in collaboration with #SHIIRU as the pair set the sounds of a sinister hip hop vocal provided by #T3ARZ to a halftime beat that lumbers with absolute bravado. #MODEL315 then experiments upon its electrified bassline, warping it between an array of drum fills and devastating kickdrums interspersed with vocal interjections. #SHIIRU returns to collaborate with #IBENJI once more on #SHINOBI, which rises from inauspicious origins to produce the razor sharp slices of a well honed bass that cuts through the track’s shadowy atmosphere with exacting precision. Closing the EP is the energetic #FLOW, which leaps its way through a landscape of chopped vocals, rumbling basses and explosive percussion for a final summation of the EP’s focal qualities.